April 10 , 2006
Senate elects Kaslow, Gallo as '06-'07 officers
by stacia brown & jessica gearing
The University Senate met Tuesday, March 28, in the Woodruff Library’s Jones Room to hold elections and discuss transportation and health care issues.
First, the Senate voted unanimously to elect Nadine Kaslow, professor of psychiatry and behavioral science, as president-elect; and Janet Gallo, administrative assistant in the Office of the President, as secretary for 2006-07. Another unanimous vote approved six candidates for honorary degrees in 2007 and beyond. At present, the names of the candidates remain confidential.
Laura Ray and Bob Hascall of Campus Services used a Power Point presentation to brief the Senate on the expanded shuttle system due to be implemented by Sept. 1. The pair then asked Senate members for feedback.
Lynn Magee, chair of the parking and transportation committee, said the new shuttle plan seems to have eased some staff anxieties about possible parking rate increases. Magee also said her committee approves of the new shuttle routes. “It’s a change in mindset that the entire community will have to embrace,” she said.
Tim Bryson, chair of the Senate’s committee on the environment, said his committee “loves the new plan” but also recognizes it must be communicated effectively to build ridership. He also urged Ray to make the plan as flexible as possible.
Executive Vice President Mike Mandl talked about parking, stressing that removing single-occupant vehicles from the Clifton Corridor goes hand in hand with “the kind of community we are envisioning around Emory.”
Finally, Human Resources Vice President Peter Barnes reported that HR has found a way to allow employees enrolled in the EmoryCare POS plan to switch to the HealthChoice PPO plan before the next regular Open Enrollment period in the fall. Some of those employees, Barnes said, have expressed a desire to switch after learning certain health care providers were not considered in-network in the plans for which they’d signed up. One stipulation required under IRS rules, Barnes said, is that employees must pay the EmoryCare plan’s higher premiums even after they switch. HR will send information to employees within the next few weeks, Barnes said.
The final Senate meeting of the academic year will be held Tuesday, April 25, at 3:15 p.m. in the Jones Room.
If you have a question or concern for University Senate, e-mail President Michael Rogers at email@example.com.